While in reality, Mike Perschon teaches introductory English courses at Grant MacEwan University, he likes to pretend that he's teaching introductory courses on film and speculative literature, which is how students end up reading H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds and then watching the Spielberg film version instead of looking at Othello and then not watching a film version (because plays are clearly meant to be read not watched).  Mike holds an M.A. and PhD. in Comparative Literature from the University of Alberta; his MA thesis was on Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth and his PhD. dissertation was on steampunk literature, so consequently he can't get a "real" academic job in one of the usual areas of specialization, like Modernist or Victorianist. When he's not shaping the minds of future movers and shakers, he will be a) playing Minecraft with his son, b) colouring Disney princesses with his daughter, c) watching Game of Thrones or Drop Dead Diva with his wife, or d) rolling 20s with his group of aging gamers.

Mike's Top 10 Lists

SF Flicks
  1. War of the Worlds (Spielberg version)
  2. Aliens
  3. Moon
  4. Wall-E
  5. The Iron Giant
  6. Children of Men
  7. Blade Runner
  8. The Matrix
  9. Star Trek II
  10. Star Wars
SF Reads
  1. "Nightfall" by Isaac Asimov
  2. War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
  3. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
  4. "Bloodchild" by Octavia Butler 
  5. "Yoo Retoont, Sneogg. Ay Noo." by Marek S. Huberath
  6. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin
  7. Leviathan Wakes by James SA Corey
  8. The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
  9. The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
  10. The Stories of Ibis by Hiroshi Yamamoto

Fantasy Flicks
  1. Pan's Labyrinth
  2. The Lord of the Rings (series)
  3. Harry Potter (series)
  4. Howl's Moving Castle
  5. The Princess Bride
  6. How to Train Your Dragon
  7. Clash of the Titans
  8. Conan the Barbarian
  9. The Dark Crystal 
  10. The Sword and the Sorcerer
Fantasy Reads
  1. The Wheel of Time (series) by Robert Jordan
  2. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  3. Conan the Barbarian (series) by Robert E. Howard
  4. Discworld (series) by Terry Pratchett (the City Watch books especially)
  5. Touch by Alexi Zentner
  6. All the Bells on Earth by James Blaylock
  7. Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling
  8. The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia
  9. Soulless by Gail Carriger
  10. Beowulf (Seamus Heaney translation)

Horror Flicks
John Carpenter's The Thing
Cabin in the Woods
The Ring (American version)
The Descent

Horror Reads
  1. Pet Semetary by Stephen King
  2. The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub
  3. "The Wendigo" by Algernon Blackwood
  4. The Books of the Art by Clive Barker
  5. Dark Matter by Michelle Paver
  6. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  7. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft
Comic Flicks
  1. Man of Steel
  2. Dark Knight
  3. Road to Perdition
  4. Kick Ass
  5. Iron Man
  6. Superman: The Movie
  7. Hellboy
  8. Scott Pilgrim against the World

Comic Reads
  1. Superman for All Seasons
  2. Superman: Origin
  3. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
  4. Wonder Woman: Blood
  5. Bone by Jeff Smith
  6. Cerebus by Dave Sim (up to issue 200)
  7. League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill


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